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The Confusing Etymology of 'OK'

I noticed that, in my first two posts, I started with the phrase ‘Okay, so…’ and couldn’t help asking myself why. It seems this is just a part of my idiolect, or a particular phrase which I have become accustomed to. 547 more words


Unyielding, obstinate, disobedient. Latin “im-”=not + “morigerous”=obliging < “mor”=moral + “gerous”=having i.e having morals



For me, a good word origin is like discovering an Easter egg, hidden in plain sight yet holding a sweet surprise inside. What surprise might the word  527 more words

German VI

Happy Saturday everyone! Today we will take a look at the final installment of the German series. Here we will go over our ten sample words and understand why they are spelled the way they are. 56 more words



Obstinate, stubborn, strong-willed. Latin “pervincere”=to overcome or prevail < “per”=completely + “vincere”=to win.



There are some words which change their meaning over time but leave behind a footprint of their former senses in expressions and compound words. A great example of this is quick. 242 more words

A Pilgrimage of Language: Chaucer’s Linguistic Crossroads at Canterbury

Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is the story of a group of pilgrims from varying regions and social statuses who travel together on a journey to Canterbury in the late 14th century. 957 more words